Ministries and Committees
"Faith working through love"
The sacraments, especially the Eucharist, strengthen men and women to live their faith daily and actively. Chapel Ministries seeks to channel this activity and provide ample opportunities to serve the liturgical life of the Church. Through ministry opportunities Chapel Ministries promotes the moral, spiritual, and religious values of students, faculty and staff through the example and teaching of St. Francis of Assisi.
"Not to be served, but to serve"
Chapel Ministries relies upon more than 250 volunteer liturgical ministers each year to serve as sacristan, usher, musician, and extraordinary minister of holy communion, among others. They contribute their time and talent in ministries grounded in the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church. They help others more readily enter into the mysteries of the sacraments, deepen their own appreciation for those same mysteries, and develop a sense of Christian leadership that will lead them to a lifetime of Christian service.
Everyone--students, faculty, and staff--are invited to take part in the liturgical life of the Church in whichever of the ministries and committees they can contribute.
How to Become a Liturgical Minister
Sign-ups for the various ministries are held at the Ministry Sing-up Fair held at the beginning of each semester. For more information, consult the University's Master Calendar or contact Chapel Ministries. The various ministries you can join include:
Christ the King Chapel Liturgy Committee
The Liturgy Committee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville works in conjunction with the University Chaplain, the director of Chapel Ministries, the coordinator of Chapel Music, the coordinator of Chapel Administration, all Franciscan friars, and priests on campus to coordinate all liturgies and liturgical ministers. The Liturgy Committee is made up of ten positions filled by Franciscan University students and is responsible for specific ministries of the liturgy. These being the student head of Liturgy Committee and Chapel Ministries, student head of sacristans, student head of altar servers, student head ushers, student head of sound technicians, student head of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, student head of Music Ministry, student head of readers, student head of sacred art, and student head of sacramental ministries. The responsibilities will vary according to each position, but all work in harmony for the promotion of the Roman Catholic liturgy.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Divine Worship tells us, “All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine." Under the direction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are trained and commissioned in accordance with the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship. EMHCs are called upon to assist the priest in the distribution of the Eucharist under both species of bread and wine. They are to posess a deep belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, a prayerful disposition, and a desire to serve those in attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Martha and Mary Ministry
Inspired by the service of Martha and Mary in the Gospel of John, where Martha dedicates herself to serving Christ and his friends at table by taking care of the preparations for supper and the cleanliness of the home, Martha and Mary ministers take care of the cleanliness of the house of the Lord at Christ the King Chapel. In the service of humility, they tend to the small jobs that may go unnoticed or neglected by man, but are recognized by our Heavenly Father. These jobs include collecting items left behind by Mass goers, polishing pews, watering and pruning of plants, and anything else necessary in keeping a respectable place of prayer and worship. “Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.” Martha and Mary ministers accomplish all theirs tasks out of pure love and the perfection that Christ deserves.
“Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass…[Thus] St. Augustine says rightly, 'Singing is for one who loves'” (General Instruction on the Roman Missal, n. 40). Those with a special ability to sing or play an instrument well are invited to audition for music ministry. One should also posses a great love for the music of the Church and have a humble obedience to the prescriptions of the guidelines. Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester and if accepted students are assigned to a group according to their talent and availability. Each music ministry group will be committed to the same Mass each week for the entire semester. Practices vary according to each music ministry group. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact Theresa Jurasko, coordinator of sacred music at 740-284-5880.
Schola Cantorum Franciscanum
Under the direction of Dr. Paul Weber, the Schola Cantorum Franciscanum “exercises its own liturgical function, ensuring that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different types of chants, are properly carried out” (GIRM, n. 103). The Schola Cantorum Franciscanum is a choir primarily concerned with the performance of sacred music in the liturgy, such as the monthly Extraordinary Form High Mass and the Good Friday Service. However, the ensemble regularly collaborates with the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra and the University Chorale for other events including Compline, Advent Lessons and Carols, and Tenebrae. Auditions are held at the beginning of the academic year. For more information on the Schola Cantorum and on how to become a part of this choir, please contact Dr. Paul Weber at 740-283-5884 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readers have the privilege of proclaiming the readings at Mass in a manner “so that the faithful by listening to the readings from the sacred texts may develop in their hearts a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture” (GIRM, n. 101). Reader auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Ministers will be assigned to approximately two Masses per month.
assist the priest at Mass through various responsibilities which include carrying the cross and the candles, handling the thurible, and by presenting the bread, the wine, and the water. Altar servers also assist the priest in setting the altar, receiving the gifts at the Offertory, and incensing the priest and the people. “Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence” (Guidelines for Altar Servers). Altar servers must posses a spirit of humble service and be precise in their duties in the sanctuary as not to be a distraction to the priest or the people.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 105, states that the sacristan “exercise[s] a liturgical function,” making all the necessary preparations and arrangements for the celebration of Mass. The sacristan carefully arranges the liturgical books, lays out the proper vessels for Mass, consults liturgical ministers, and executes various other functions to ensure that the Mass runs smoothly. A sacristan must posses a spirit of quiet presence and prayer, making sure not to be a distraction to those in attendance. He or she must also have a high attention to detail, take great care of the items needed for the celebration of Mass, and keep the sacristy neat and orderly.
Sound Technicians are responsible for all of the sound needs of the Chapel at Mass. They assist in the set up and tear down of microphones for the music ministers, priests, and readers. During Mass, they manage the soundboard and mix the music making it suitable for worship. Additional responsibilities include regulating the volume of the speakers for the priests and readers at Mass and making sure that all equipment is in working order. No experience is necessary. All information and skills needed to minister is provided during the training session.
The usher ministry is one of organization, order, and charity. Ushers should greet Mass goers with a spirit of welcome, seat those in attendance, organize communion lines, administer the collection, hand out the weekly bulletin, and provide any additional service to those who may need special attention. According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 105, ushers exercise a liturgical function when they take up the collection in the church, and “meet the faithful at the church entrance and lead them to appropriate places.”